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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIX Very shortly after Siona's last visit to Sister Hilda, Mrs. Benedictus surprised her with the information that her godmother was engaged to be married to Herr Berger. Although Siona was quite aware that Protestant deaconesses--unlike nuns--were free to marry (her own mother had been a deaconess), she felt distinctly shocked and altogether disillusioned when she heard that this gentle, melancholy "Bride of Heaven" was going to turn into the wife of the tyrannical, overbearing pastor. And when Siona saw her godmother on her return from the wedding tour in Galilee bereft of her stereotyped smile and no longer clad in her white cap and black hood and blue plaited habit, she struck Siona as remarkably commonplace and singularly awkward in her secular grey costume. And in truth, the ex-deaconess, whilst retaining a remnant of her "professional" manner, was obviously very ill at ease in her new position. Siona cried for a whole day over the disappointing change in her godmother, and refused for a fortnight to attend the Latin classes in the Bergers' house. "If mamma does insist on my leading a religious life," she said to herself, "I'll be a real sister like those in the Carmelite Convent where I went with Ouarda, and who only show their voices. At any rate I shan't be a sTiam then, and I won't cheat God." Another disillusionment was in store for Siona, for before long Mr. Benedictus announced his intention of leaving home. Siona had fondly imagined that the charm of the beautiful garden of the Canticles would have kept him happy and contented in their new house. But she found some consolation in the fact that he was not leaving her to return to Europe with its fogs and its fascinations. This time it was the scorching solitudes of Arabia that claimed...
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